27 March 2020
- 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
The objective of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is to contribute, in close co-operation with OSCE institutions and other actors of the international community, to reducing tensions and fostering peace and stability in Ukraine, and ensuring the observance of OSCE principles and commitments, thus establishing conditions for inclusive political dialogue aimed at achieving a sustainable transition respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
The Mission is composed of about 1500 mission members, from more than 40 participating States and has a budget over EUR 100 million.
The Team Leader of Monitors is requested to demonstrate highest standards of conduct and ensure strict adherence to the SMM Code of Conduct of all monitors under her/his supervision.
The SMM, in line with the OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, is committed to further improving the gender balance among staff in all areas and levels within the SMM. Currently female professionals, especially in senior management roles, are underrepresented within the SMM. Female candidates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply for this management job.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations, as Team Leader of Monitors you will be is responsible for all aspects related to the operational effectiveness, safety and conduct of the Monitoring Team (MT). You will be responsible for ensuring that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine's mandate is effectively implemented in the Team Leader's Area of Operations (AoO) including monitoring and reporting on human dimension issues and supporting the promotion of gender equality. In addition, you will be directly accountable for the performance of the MT and for ensuring that human, material and financial resources are managed in accordance with OSCE regulations and SMM policies.
More specifically, under this job, you will be responsible for the following:
Providing overall leadership and management of the MT and ensuring effective implementation of all mandated activities in line with OSCE rules and procedures and the SMM's Code of Conduct as well as instructions issued by the Head Office;
Co-ordinating the development of operational plans as well as the recruitment and allocation of Monitoring staff to specialist roles (including but not limited to: gender equality/mainstreaming, media, minority rights, human rights, security) necessary to achieve the SMM's mandate;
Acting as the first level supervisor for the Deputy Team Leader of Monitors;
As advised by specialist security staff, ensuring the safety and security of all MT personnel and equipment, and full compliance with SMM security protocols;
Monitoring, assessing and analyzing the political, security and human rights situation in their respective Area of Responsibility (AOR), bringing relevant matters to the attention of the Head Office in a timely manner and ensuring that the MT is fully briefed and compliant with current instructions and policies;
Ensuring that appropriate support is provided to representatives of other executive structures of the OSCE and other actors of the international community;
Representing the SMM within the AOR, ensuring effective co-ordination with other international organizations and liaison with governmental and non-governmental organizations;
Ensuring that daily, weekly and special reports are compiled and submitted to the Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
Ensuring that assigned tasks are completed and submitted to the Head Office in accordance with established deadlines;
Contributing to the implementation of the SMM Gender Equality Action Plan including ensuring gender is mainstreamed in the monitoring and reporting of the MT; establishing effective co-ordination and liaising with international, national and local gender equality stakeholders; ensuring equal opportunities for staff; contributing to sharing of lessons learned and best practices in relation to gender mainstreaming;
Contributing to the development of the SMM's policies and practices through participation in MT meetings; proactively providing feedback on monitoring activities within the AoO;
Performing other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience:
Minimum of ten years of relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience in an operational environment, including at least five years at the management level relevant to the actual position;
Significant prior experience in relevant fields, in particular, on political and security issues, with a good knowledge of OSCE norms and principles;
Ability to establish contact and constructive relations with local population and officials;
Sound management, organizational and negotiation skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely;
Demonstrated leadership of diverse teams;
Thorough understanding of field operation in the context of the mandate's regional dynamics;
Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure; proven resilience to high stress environments;
Readiness to deploy to various locations within Ukraine;
Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
Professional fluency in English, both oral and written, ability to communicate clearly and concisely with a wide variety of audiences;
Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using a manual transmission;
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames;
Cultural sensitivity and political judgement;
Ability to operate computer Windows applications, including word processing and e-mail.
Experience in working in Eastern Europe and/or knowledge of the region;
Knowledge of the regional political situation;
Previous international work experience and/or experience in field mission;
Working knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language(s);
Possession of a Class "C" driving license.
Second-level university degree in political sciences, public or international law, international relations or another related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree.
Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals
Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions
Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization's core values and organizational principles
Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work
Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization
Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment
Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner
Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions
Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects
Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances
Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
Seconded Mission members in the SMM are entitled to a Board and Lodging Allowance (BLA) payable by the Organization at the amount of EUR 125 per day (subject to change without prior notice).
Should evidence of coverage of a world-wide Health Insurance scheme, including war risk, not be presented, the Mission member will be registered with the OSCE group health insurance scheme of Cigna. Monthly rates will be deducted from the Mission member's BLA.
International mission members appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will additionally receive EUR 30 per day as hazard pay.
Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
If applicable, deployment is subject to attendance to and successful completion of pre-deployment training and assessment.
Applicants are hereby notified that the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) is designated by the OSCE as a non-family duty station. This designation is based on the fluid and dynamic working environment in the SMM. The currently prevailing working conditions in the duty station may include working in a hazardous location with extended hours of service, and possibly curtailed freedom of movement. Successful candidates who are appointed to locations deemed by the OSCE as hazardous will receive hazard pay. In addition, all successful candidates will be required to participate in the OSCE accident and life insurance scheme in accordance with the OSCE Staff Regulations and Staff Rules.
The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.
Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.
Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.
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